Sheilla Lampkin passes away
Just days after announcing she would withdraw from the District 9 race, Arkansas State Representative Sheilla Lampkin has passed away.
Lampkin, 70, died Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She announced the previous Tuesday she would not seek another term, citing health issues as the reason.
She was born August 23, 1945 in Rohwer to the late James Edward Ezelle and Lucille McIntyre Ezelle.
Sheilla Joyce Ezelle Lampkin was a retired school teacher of 30 years, having taught in the McGehee, Wilmar, Drew Central and Monticello school districts. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Lampkin was a member of Second Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher.
She was the current District 9 State Representative for Drew and a portion of Ashley counties, a position in which she had served District 9 in the Arkansas House of Representatives for six years.
At the time of her announcement about stepping down because she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and planned to receive treatment, she also said in the announcement she intended to serve the rest of her current term, which would have ended on Dec. 31.
She was vice chairman of the House Education Committee and was a tireless volunteer for numerous local charities and organizations such as the Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Drew County Museum and the Drew County Historical Society.
Survivors include her husband, Damon Lampkin of Monticello; two sisters, Shirley Ezelle of Little Rock and Patricia (Charles) Sanders of Sun City, Ariz.; and her three cats, Patches, Fluffy and Autumn.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016 at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello. Memorials in her honor may be made to your charity of choice.
Please pick up this week’s copy of the Advance-Monticellonian for more in-depth coverage of Lamkpin’s passing.